The Wise Man

There was once a wise man who lived simply.

His spartan food habits reflected this. He had a friend who, being a sycophant of the king, lived in great luxury.

One day this friend called on the wise man while he was eating. Looking at the food, the friend said, “My friend, if you can please the king like me, you will be free from this wretched food.”

The wise man smiled and replied, “My friend, if you can be pleased with this simple food, you can be free from the wretched job of pleasing the king.”